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Common Text

photo of a common text author talking to studentsThe Common Reading Program is an essential piece of your First-Year Experience at Wright State University. It was developed:

  • To expose you to our academic atmosphere from the time you arrive on campus for Orientation
  • To provide a common academic experience for all first-year students by giving you the opportunity to engage with your peers in intellectual discussions both inside and outside the classroom.
  • To communicate the expectation that you will begin to read actively and critically, make judgments about the validity of what you read and be able to discuss challenging, sometimes conflicting, ideas.

You will also be provided with a series of interconnected academic and beyond-the-classroom activities that will challenge your critical thinking and evaluation of the text through your Learning Community and in many of your General Education courses.

We ask you to become an active member of the Raider community from the start by participating in this shared reading experience, discussing a controversial book, considering the issues it raises, formulating your own views, and sharing them with your teachers and classmates.

Common Text 2014

The Fault In Our Stars  The Fault in Our Stars Book Cover

By John Green

Beautifully conceived and executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death. But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain. 

Students will receive a copy of the Common Text at Orientation

Students and parents are invited to Fall 2014 Common Text Events

First-year students participating in Common Text events should consider becoming eligible for the First Year Student Distinction Award of up to $250.  Learn more at FYSDA

Common Text 2013

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates

By Wes Moore

Two kids with the same name, liv­ing in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, dec­o­rated com­bat vet­eran, White House Fel­low, and busi­ness leader. The other is serv­ing a life sen­tence in prison for felony mur­der. Here is the story of two boys and the jour­ney of a generation.

Previous Common Texts

Previous Common Texts used by Wright State University

  • Lost in Translation '12-'13 
  • Zeitoun '11-'12
  • A Long Way Gone '10-'11
  • Three Cups of Tea '09-'10
  • Freakonomics '08-'09
  • Inconvenient Truth '07-'08
  • Eagle's Shadow '05–'07
  • Let Your Life Speak '04–'05
  • Nickel and Dimed '03–'04

2013 Big Read Photos